I’ve been using CUE 1234, (Content, Understanding, Evaluation) for several months now with my students as an assessment tool. Now I’m starting to wonder whether I should change it slightly? My main issue is that there is a definite overlap between Understanding and Evaluation and they could easily be merged into one area.
Instead I’m starting to wonder whether it would be better to use CUT (Content, Understanding, Technique)? It seems to me that there is a definite opportunity to focus students attention onto the techniques they are using. Paragraphing, conclusions, metaphors, evidence, sources, examples… all these are techniques that should be encouraged and applied. Perhaps giving the students a ranking in technique will help them understand the importance of these features and also get me to focus on them more in lessons.
Of course, I could just go crazy and have CUTE… but that’s a discussion for another day.